Sooners, Cowboys battling to stay in top five in final round of NCAA regional

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RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Oklahoma State is in fourth place, one shot ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners, as both teams look to stay in the top five and secure a berth in the NCAA Championship heading into the final round Wednesday of the NCAA Rancho Santa Fe Regional at The Farms Golf Club.

The Cowboys posted an 8-over 288 to stand at 6-over 566 through 36 holes at the par-70, 6,962-yard layout. The final round will see a tightly bunched leaderboard with six teams within eight shots of the lead held by North Florida, which stands at 563. California is second at 564 and West Virginia is third with its 565 total.

The event is one of six 54-hole regional tournaments being conducted around the country. The top five teams and low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 24-29 at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

OSU’s Jonas Baumgartner posted his second consecutive 69 to climb into a tie for third place at 2-under 138. The senior will begin his final round three shots off the pace of the lead held by California’s Sampson Zheng.

Fifth year Rayhan Thomas followed an opening 67 with a 73 to join his teammate in the top 10, coming in tied for eighth place at 140.

After opening with a 71, freshman Preston Stout carded a 72 to stand in a tie for 17th place at 143.

Senior Bo Jin signed for a 74 on Tuesday to share 25th place at 145.

Freshman Gaven Lane was a stroke back at 146 after posting a 74 to come in tied for 30th place.

The Cowboys will begin their third round at 8:30 a.m. (CST) and will be grouped with Oklahoma and San Diego. Live scoring is available at

Oklahoma matched its first-round score, signing for a 4-over 284. The Sooners are led by Ben Lorenz, who shares third on the individual leaderboard after 36 holes.

Lorenz (T3, -2) led the way for head coach Ryan Hybl’s team on day two at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The senior posted a 69 to grab a share of third and sits just three strokes behind Cal’s Sampson Zheng.

All-American Drew Goodman (T17, E) used an even-par 70 to move 14 spots up the leaderboard into 17th. The junior carded a pair of birdies on the back nine after two bogeys on the front to finish with a 70.

Jase Summy sits in 22nd after a 75 on Tuesday afternoon. True freshman Ryder Cowan closed strong, rolling in three birdies over his last six to fire a 72 and jump to 30th. He shares the position on the leaderboard with Luke Kluver who finished his day with a 73.

Team Scores

1. North Florida—277-286=563

2. California—280-284=564

3. West Virginia—285-280=565

4. Oklahoma State—278-288=566

5. Oklahoma—284-284=568

6. San Diego—285-284=569

7. Arizona State—286-285=571

T8. South Florida—293-288=581

T8. Washington—290-291=581

10. Chattanooga—294-288=582

11. Kansas—297-298=595

12. Wright State—298-306=604

13. Seton Hall—302-303=605

14. Winthrop—305-308=613

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